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SAN JUAN — U.S. sanctions on Venezuela have led the New York Federal Reserve to crack down on Puerto Rico’s $50 billion offshore banking industry, according to four sources and a document seen by Reuters. The development will prevent the island’s offshore banks, several of which are owned by citizens

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CHRISTIANSTED — Hurricanes Irma and Maria damaged much of the electricity transmission and distribution systems in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in 2017. This resulted in the longest blackout in U.S. history—about 11 months in Puerto Rico. Federal agencies usually support local utilities in disaster responses. In Puerto

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MIAMI — The U.S. Virgin Islands is determined to position itself as the number one tourism destination in the Caribbean by employing robust public-private partnerships. Recently installed U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan, Jr., who led the territory’s delegation to Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami last week, made the declaration during

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration today opened the door for lawsuits against foreign firms operating on properties Cuba seized from Americans after the 1959 revolution. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he won’t renew a bar on litigation that has been in place for two decades, meaning that lawsuits can

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Top Honors for the 14th Annual Vento Shakespeare Festival were awarded to the students of the St. Croix Educational High School for Best Ensemble. Under the guidance of their teacher, Alicia Ramos, the St. Croix high school students won the most coveted prize. The winning students included

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PHILIPSBURG — Claret Connor, the newly appointed director of the Sint Maarten Recovery Program Bureau, says he is humbled by the opportunity to rebuild his country after it was wrecked by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Born and raised in Sint Maarten, Connor, a former minister, parliamentarian and hotelier, leads

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INDIANAPOLIS — Caito Foods LLC is voluntarily recalling pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit medley products containing one of these melons due to the possibility of salmonella contamination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. A total of 93 cases have

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LONDON — A new song by the British duo The Luck titled “Ella’s Hope” will be released on Friday. “Ella’s Hope” is a ballad about a five-year-old girl living in the U.S. Virgin Islands with a rare, severe neurological condition known as Rett Syndrome and her journey for a cure.

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TORONTO — Bank of Nova Scotia’s plan to sell some of its Caribbean assets is facing scrutiny from a regional watchdog that has flagged what it says are the deal’s “anti-competitive effects.” Scotiabank announced late last November that it had struck a deal to sell banking operations in nine “non-core”

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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s health department says a drug meant to control opioid overdoses can now be sold without a prescription, a move meant to reduce a spike in opioid deaths across the U.S. commonwealth. Health Secretary Rafael Rodriguez said Tuesday that naloxone will be sold as a nasal

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